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is to firmly establish ‘freedom’, ‘laughter’, ‘acceptance’ and ‘possibility’ as synonymous with young people with special educational needs (SEN). In a literal sense, wind blowing through the hair and across the faces of young people cycling through country lanes, parks and on our roads, excites us. We are drawn to the challenges of empowering young people with SEN and enriching their lives, irrespective of potential barriers.
of the future is of a self-sustaining ‘hub’ of cycle initiatives with a focus on opportunities which promote young people with SEN (including those with moderate learning difficulties or behavioural, emotional and social difficulties) in an uncompromisingly positive way.
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focuses on teaching young people with Special Educational Needs, to refurbish second hand bikes. Profits from the resale of these bikes are reinvested into providing additional opportunities for young people with SEN. Students gain an AQA Unit Award in Cycle Mechanics as part of their experience. ‘Bespoke Be Heard’ has already proven successful through the refurbishing of the Clarendon’s postman’s bike.
Kimberly Spiking (pictured above), a prize winning student, also won the Richmond Borough – Time to Shine Academic Award for her success in reconditioning the postman’s bike in the school colours and obtaining the AQA Unit Award in Business Enterprise as well as in Bike Maintenance.
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has resulted in 15 students who have gained an AQA Unit Award in Bicycle Maintenance and two with an AQA in Business Enterprise.
For the last year ‘Bespoke Be Heard’ has run the City and Guilds VQR Certificate in Bike Mechanics, and has trained two year 10’s up to Level 2. These young people can now take their accreditation and work in a bike workshop.
Patrick Mahoney (ICF World Champion Canoeist and pictured below with staff and students from Clarendon School) said that he was ‘honoured’ to be asked to become a patron for the scheme which serves to inspire young people to achieve their best and grow, regardless of any apparent obstacles.
London Mayor Boris Johnson has also lent his support to the initiative, by conveying his gratitude for the “tremendous” work Clarendon School is doing through highlighting the benefits of cycling.
The unparalleled potential and success of ‘Bespoke Be Heard’ was recognised when we registered for and won Richmond’s Den. To gain this award, ‘Bespoke Be Heard’ was shortlisted to eight businesses from 58 applicants. A fine tuned and professional presentation resulted in ‘Bespoke Be Heard’ being invited to the final 3 of Richmond’s Den. At the final, ‘Bespoke Be Heard’ was awarded the winner’s cheque of £10,000 and professional support from Richmond Business Society after an evening of intense interrogation by a high profile panel of Dragons.
For more information, please visit our website: www.bespokebeheard.co.uk